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Penalty stats: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi

Penalty stats: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi
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Are Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal numbers overvalued? Check it out here as we compare the star’s penalty stats to Lionel Messi’s.

After drawing a blank in his first two games back since the season restart, Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the second game in succession to help Juventus cruise to a 4-0 win over Lecce.

The Portuguese is out to crush those who dare question him once again. We’ve seen it time and time again, where he suddenly steps up the ante and proves these ‘experts’ wrong.

His performances are already improving, with Friday’s one being proof of that. While Ronaldo is still lacking some sharpness in the final third, he took it upon himself to make things happen. Thus, he became the creator in three of Juventus’ four goals.

He laid out the ball for Paulo Dybala to break the deadlock in the second-half before winning and converting a penalty for goal number 23. That sweet back heel assist for Gonzalo Higuain capped off a solid night.

Despite CR7’s heroics, however, critics pointed out that his goal only came courtesy of another penalty, bringing us back to the same old ‘Penaldo’ debate.

Fans from Spain, in particular, have questioned Ronaldo’s credentials as a goalscorer. It’s the same unfounded argument where Cristiano only scores penalties. While Messi either bags a classy goal or assists a teammate instead.

Messi penalty stats for club & country

Total AttemptsScoredMissedConversion rate

But it turns out the Barcelona captain has taken 116 penalties himself for club and country. This is only 30 less than Ronaldo’s tally of 146.

Plus, there’s almost a three-year gap between the pair in terms of professional experience. So it’s fair to expect Messi will close that gap before he retires.

Ronaldo penalty stats for club & country

Total AttemptsScoredMissedConversion rate

One look at these stats show that Ronaldo is the more skilled penalty-taker out of the two by far. He’s taken 30 spot-kicks less than Messi, yet he’s missed three less than the Barca man.

The 123 penalties scored, on the other hand, only make up 16.9% of Ronaldo’s career tally of 727 goals.

“Look at the statistics,” said Cristiano in 2015 via Bleacher Report.

“How many goals have I scored for Real Madrid? And they are not all penalties.

“I will score as many as I can – 600, 700, as many as I can. They will all be there for people to see.

“And anyone who wants to can go to YouTube to see all the goals I have scored…”

Looks like Ronaldo has a point on this one…